– With guest host John Donvan.
Getting mail at the front door may soon be history – as Congress tries to save the Postal Service. We’ll look at the future of who delivers what and where and how in America.
It’s one of the happier sounds of city life. The clunk in the door and the thunk on the floor as your mail drops in through that front door mail slot. But door-to-door delivery may be going the way of the dodo with Congress talking about ending it to save money. Another plan being tried: office supply chain Staples becoming your substitute post office. Officially. There’s push back, and a question: does snail mail make any sense? This hour On Point: the merry mailman. Menaced by modernity, and not enough money.
Bernie Becker, staff reporter for The Hill.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), U.S. Representative for Texas’ 27th Congressional District. Chairman of the Subcomittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census. (@farenthold)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 8th Congressional District. Member of the Subcomittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census. (@RepStephenLynch)
Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist, documentary filmmaker and author. Author of “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,” “Program or Be Programmed,” “Life, Inc.,” “Get Back In the Box” and “Nothing Sacred,” among others. Adjunct professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. (@rushkoff)
Steven Petrow, journalist and expert on modern manners. Advice columnist for the Washington Post. Author of the forthcoming “Mind Your Digital Manners.” Also author of “The New Gay Wedding” and ‘The Lost Hamptons,” among others. (@StevenPetrow)